Allan Donald, the bowling coach for Bangladesh, said of Mathews’ time-out dismissal, “It was really difficult to watch that unfold.”

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh petitioned for a timed-out dismissal against Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews during the ICC World Cup 2023 match in Delhi. Allan Donald, the fast-bowling coach for Bangladesh, voiced his disgust, saying he didn’t appreciate these kinds of strategies. Mathews was not pleased, but the appeal was upheld. While Shakib claimed he was acting to secure his team’s victory, Mathews called it “absolutely disgraceful.”

This strange incident started in the 25th over, immediately following Angelo’s arrival to the crease and the removal of Sadeera Samarawickrama. Rather than accept Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery, Mathews made the prudent decision to ask for a replacement after detecting a broken helmet strap. Bangladesh’s request for a “time out” in response to Mathews’ helmet issue was what set this moment apart. About the event, coach Allan Donald made the following statement:

“What I saw was disappointing. I understand Shakib’s decision to take a risk. “I was doing everything to win,” he said. You can tell by the tone of my voice that I dislike that kind of thing. Watching one of Sri Lanka’s all-time greats walk off the field without having been given a ball bowled to him or out for time was really difficult. That’s my position on it,” Donald stated in a CricBlog interview, which ESPNcricinfo cited.

Though I would not appeal, I feel bad for Angela Mathews: Steve Harmison

Famous former England fast bowler Steve Harmison also voiced his displeasure with the Sri Lankan all-rounder’s controversial timed-out dismissal during Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka’s World Cup 2023 match in New Delhi. The 36-year-old made history by being the first cricket player to be dismissed due to a “timed out” situation.

“Mathew simply left while they were running behind schedule. He reached the fold. I stated he changed his helmet, but he didn’t take guard. Instead, he stood on his crease. And I believe it snapped when he adjusted his helmet. Thus, it is a true ST. It is not going to happen, in my opinion. At that particular moment, I don’t believe I have anything to do with divers. I’m sorry for Angela Matthews, I guess. “I wouldn’t file an appeal,” Harmison declared on ESPNcricinfo.

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